Cyclists ‘kissing bikes’ to celebrate new route

A CYCLISTS’ group is taking part in a unique attempt to set a world record for ‘kissing bikes’ next week.

Hastings Urban Bikes (HUB) will be joining in the attempt as part of a family fun day at Glyne Gap, Bexhill next Saturday (May 12), which runs from 10am to 3pm.

The aim of the world record will be to achieve the longest line of bicycles ever, joined nose to tail, along the new cycle route, which opened earlier this year.

Members of HUB, family, friends and any others can meet at Hastings Pier at 10am and cycle to Glyne Gap. HUB will then lead another ride at 11am to the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill and back.

The fun day, organised by East Sussex County Council and Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity, includes guided walks and led rides, Bling Your Bike sessions, a treasure hunt family ride, bike maintenance tips from Dr Bike, and a bike powered ‘Art Rage’ feature.

Councillor Carl Maynard, the county council’s lead member for economy, transport and environment, officially cut the ribbon to open the new cycle route in January. He said: “I hope that as many people as possible will come down to the seaside to enjoy this fantastic day out and celebrate the new route. There are plenty of events and activities to take part in and you could be part of setting a new world record.”

The new 2.2km route, which includes a portrait bench depicting three local heroes chosen by the community, Spike Milligan, Richard Ball, and Tyrone Wildman, is formally known as the Bulverhythe Coastal Link. The completion of the new route means that walkers and cyclists can now enjoy a traffic-free journey of more than 5km between Bexhill and Hastings Old Town.

Simon Pratt, Sustrans regional director for the south east, said: “Walking and cycling for everyday journeys is great for our health, the environment and it’s fun too. These new links are going to make a real difference to how people make their everyday journeys in Hastings and Bexhill.

The complete programme of events will be available online at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/seasiderendezvous or www.sustrans.org.uk/sustrans-near-you/events/family-fun-day-bexhill